AnMed Health received allocations of the Pfizer vaccine and began vaccinations on Thursday, December 17th, beginning with frontline workers. A team at AnMed Health has been formed to meet weekly in effort to determine prioritization and distribution as allocations become available. Check back here for upcoming information on the vaccine, distribution, and AnMed Health. Please make note that we are following CDC guidance and will not administer the COVID vaccine if you have had the COVID illness within 30 days, the antibody treatment within 90 days, or another vaccine within 14 days.
We are excited to announce that more appointments are available for those 70 years old and older. A message has been sent to MyChart accounts of eligible patients with instructions on scheduling an appointment. If you or your loved one does not have a MyChart account, you can create one by going to anmedhealth.org/MyChart
If you do not see any appointment times listed, that means all available times slots have been filled. You may also call 864-512-2897 for more information. We have been advised that other locations will be offering the vaccine, so please continue to check the website www.scdhec.gov/vaxlocator to learn about other locations and their scheduling availability.
We are excited about this important step toward a return to more normal conditions. However, as the vaccination roll-out continues, we ask residents to continue wearing a mask in public, socially distancing, and washing hands often.
Total Vaccine Doses Administered at AnMed Health to-date as of January 19th, 2021
Frequently Asked Questions
How will I get scheduled to take the vaccine?
Per the state's most recent guidance for roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine, AnMed Health has begun scheduling appointments for residents over age 70. Our established patients in this age group will receive instructions via MyChart for scheduling an appointment at our Civic Center vaccination clinic. Walk-ins are not accepted at this time.
How should I prepare for my appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine?
Please bring your insurance card, wear a short sleeved shirt and wear a mask to your appointment.
Will a reaction check be required after vaccination?
With any new vaccine administration a 15 minute reaction check is required. The COVID-19 vaccine will also require this 15 minute recheck.
How many shots of COVID-19 vaccine will be needed?
Will I receive a bill for the Covid 19 Vaccine or its administration?
All but one of the COVID-19 vaccines currently in Phase 3 clinical trials in the United States need two shots to be effective. The other COVID-19 vaccine uses one shot.
The Vaccine is provided at no cost, however we will file a claim for the administration of each injection to your insurance company.
Patients will not receive a bill for this claim as most insurances will cover this charge. We also have a grant available to reimburse for self-pay patients.
Why do you need my traditional Medicare number, if I have Medicare advantage?
The directive from CMS is that these administrations will be paid directly from Medicare not Medicare advantage plans.
If I've already had COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need to get vaccinated?
Yes. There is not enough information currently available to say if or for how long after infection someone is protected from getting COVID-19. Early evidence suggests natural immunity from COVID-19 may not last very long, but more studies are needed to better understand this. Until we have a vaccine available and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices makes recommendations to CDC on how to best use COVID-19 vaccines, CDC cannot comment on whether people who had COVID-19 should get a COVID-19 vaccine.
Can I get a titer to see if I've had COVID-19?
Please contact your primary care provider if you are interested in COVID antibody testing.
Do I need to wear a mask and avoid close contact with others if I've had two doses of the vaccine?
Yes. While experts learn more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide under real-life conditions, it will be important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to us to help stop this pandemic, like covering your mouth and nose with a mask, washing hands often, and staying at least 6 feet away from others. Together, COVID-19 vaccination and following CDC's recommendations for how to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from getting and spreading COVID-19. Experts need to understand more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide before deciding to change recommendations on steps everyone should take to slow the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Other factors, including how many people get vaccinated and how the virus is spreading in communities, will also affect this decision.
How quickly after vaccination will I be protected?
It takes about 2-4 weeks to see an immune response.
How long does immunity last once I've been vaccinated?
We won't know how long immunity lasts until we have more data on how well it works.
Will I be protected if I just take the first vaccine? Do I really need the second one?
You must take both shots in order for the vaccine to be maximally effective.
Has the vaccine been FDA approved?
The FDA has granted an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the vaccine to be used.
How safe is the vaccine? Is it effective?
The FDA ensures vaccine safety according to rigorous standards that are in place. Ongoing safety monitoring will occur as vaccines are given.
The vaccine has shown 95% efficacy in trials. Further information on effectiveness in "the real world" will be studied and monitored when the vaccine is released for public use.
Is it safe for pregnant or breast feeding women to get the vaccine?
There is not enough information yet to determine safety in pregnancy. Please consult with your personal physician.
What are the side effects of the vaccine? What should I do if I have a reaction?
CDC and FDA encourage the public to report possible side effects (called adverse events) to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) external icon. This national system collects these data to look for adverse events that are unexpected, appear to happen more often than expected, or have unusual patterns of occurrence. Learn about the difference between a vaccine side effect and an adverse event. Reports to VAERS help CDC monitor the safety of vaccines. Safety is a top priority.
Healthcare providers will be required to report certain adverse events following vaccination to VAERS. Healthcare providers also have to adhere to any revised safety reporting requirements according to FDA's conditions of authorized use throughout the duration of any Emergency Use Authorization; these requirements would be posted on FDA's website external icon.
CDC is also implementing a new smartphone-based tool called v-safe to check-in on people's health after they receive a COVID-19 vaccine. When you receive your vaccine, you should also receive a v-safe information sheet telling you how to enroll in v-safe. If you enroll, you will receive regular text messages directing you to surveys where you can report any problems or adverse reactions you have after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.